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Resurrecting ancient microbes to understand evolution

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When you hear the word “resurrection”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Religious miracles? Zombie viruses? The end of the world?

Whatever your mental association, I’m willing to bet it’s not “an emerging scientific discipline." Well, it just so happens a growing community of microbial ecologists are developing a new use for the traditionally mysticism-affiliated word. These scientists don’t just study modern microbes. Nor do they fashion themselves paleobiologists. No, these people actually straddle the boundary between life and death. They resurrect. And in doing so, they hope to gain insight into how evolution occurs: from single genes to entire communities.
 
 

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